Paul Kares is a nonprofit organization whose mission is dedicated to educating aspiring chefs or musicians, focusing on kids and young adults who show interest and passion for culinary and musical arts. Paul Kares will weave together how these passions could be the foundation for life-long career for young people who are not necessarily college-bound and how they can hone their skills to be a personal chef, sommelier, performer, or all the above. Plus, Paul Kares will get them the tools like musical instruments, knives, etc for the students who can’t afford them and will donate to school systems that need equipment for their classrooms.
Your $75 ticket includes dinner and your concert ticket (beverages available for purchase, full bar available).
Elliot Lurie is a singer and songwriter best known for the hit “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)”. Recorded by Looking Glass, featuring Lurie on vocals and guitar, “Brandy” was released in the summer of 1972. It quickly rose to the top of the charts, selling over a million copies and becoming one of the most played radio records of the year. Over time the song has endured, recorded by such disparate artists as Kenny Chesney and Red Hot Chili Peppers and featured in numerous films and TV productions including Charlie’s Angels and The Simpsons. It was prominently featured in the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 in which Kurt Russell's character describes it as "possibly Earth's greatest composition"!
Looking Glass charted one more time, with “Jimmy Loves Maryanne” in 1973. Reaching #33, the record has become something of a cause celebre among some ‘70’s music fans. Featuring Lurie’s distinctive vocals and produced by the legendary Arif Mardin, some feel it’s a more distinguished recording than “Brandy”. The song was later covered by New Wave icon Josie Cotton.
Looking Glass disbanded in 1974 and Lurie recorded a solo album. Accompanied by some of L.A.’s finest musicians, including members of The Crusaders and Toto, the album was well reviewed but found little commercial traction.
In 1984 Lurie moved to Los Angeles and began a second career supervising music for film and television. He achieved considerable success both as an independent supervisor and as executive in charge of music for Twentieth Century Fox.
Lurie has recently returned to his first loves – singing, writing and playing guitar. He says, “I started playing out again, beginning with occasional oldies shows, sitting in as a ‘special guest’. Although I’ve constantly remained involved with music over the years, I was reminded that the most direct connection is still performing live to an audience.”
To that end he has continued performing in group settings as well as developing a show that features just his vocals and guitar. “I play my songs sort of ‘as written’ and I sing a few songs that were in the air when I was growing up, that influenced me. It all feels very personal and intimate.”
While touring Europe as the bassist of the classic rock band BAD COMPANY in the 90’s, Paul fell in love with fine wine, exquisitely prepared food and the culture that surrounds both.
Paul Cullen: A professional musician for 40 years, Paul has put down his bass to concentrate on his affinity for nylon string guitar. Cullen former bassist for Bad Company starts off the evening with an acoustic set full of original music and familiar Bad Company favorites! Paul is a Chef-sommelier-entrepreneur- and owner of The Room at Cedar Grove! Don’t miss this amazing evening with two legendary performers!
Date & Time
Thu, Mar 7, 2024 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM